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Luo Han Guo, Winter Melon & Longan Drink

Ingredients:

Luo Han Guo 2 (Separate the meat and peel)

longan meat 50g

winter melon 1.5 kg (peeled and seed removed, also cut into shreds)

water 3L

rock sugar cubes 50g

  1. Prepare a pot. I used my beloved pressure cooker. Pour the water in and add in the Luo Han Guo peel. Bring to boil and the water will change into dark color. Take all the Luo Han Guo peel out.
  2. Add in the rest ingredients (Luo Han Guo meat, longan, sugar).
  3. Cook under high pressure for 50 mins.

And the drink/ dessert is done. Perfect to have in hot weather. And also good for the people who have coughing problem.

Pear Paste (秋梨膏)

  1. Prepare 6 very big pears. Peel them, remove the seeds and cut into small chunks.
  2. Put all the pear chunks into blender and blend into paste.

Prepare ginger, red dates, 2 luo han guo (crushed) and 50g rock sugar cubes.

Put everything including the pear paste into a pot. Bring to boil with high heat. Then turn to low heat and simmer for 30 mins.

Sieve everything and only keep the liquid. To save more liquid, you can place all the residue into a cotton cloth. wrap it and squeeze all the juice out.

Pour the juice into the pot again. Bring to boil with high heat and simmer with low heat for about 1hr 30 mins. Or until it becomes as thick as honey.

Keep in a jar and store in refrigerator.

1 tbsp of pear paste and a glass of water.

Very good for coughing problems.

Honey Lemon

Main ingredients are honey and lemon. To make it not taste bitter, I remove the lemon peel and the white part. If you think it’s too troublesome and totally fine with the little bitter taste. You can leave them.

  1. Wash lemon under water. Place them in a big bowl. Sprinkle some salt. Rub them with two hands. Then rinse under water. Dry them with kitchen towel.
  2. Cut lemons into slices or wedges or chunks. If the peel is on, thin slices will be better.
  3. Prepare a bottle. Boil it in hot water for mins to sterilize. Then let it dry in the air.
  4. 1 spoonful honey in and based at the bottom. Lemons over it. Then honey layer again, lemon again. Repeat till the bottle is full.

5. Store it in the fridge.

It can be used to make drinks.

Banana Milkshake

My husband is 2 years older than me. But most time, I feel like I am the big sister when we stay together. It’s not difficult to guess what he likes and likes not. Just imagining will a kid like this or not, I will get the correct answer. I thought he would definitely like banana milkshake. Yet he told me it’s not like that. Because he had very terrible banana milkshake once and it was a nightmare.

Maybe I can make good banana milkshake that can change his opinion.

Ingredients:

1 big ripe banana

1 cup milk

1 tbsp vanilla ice cream

1 tbsp honey

1/4 tsp cinnamon powder

2 ice cubes

Put all the ingredients above into blender. And blend till very smooth.

My husband loves it. He asks if there is anymore after he finishes 1 cup.

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Homemade Pearl for Milk Tea

My husband is crazy for milk tea. He can drink everyday without feeling tired off it. And now he starts to make his own milk tea at home. He never shows so much interest in kitchen, from which I can tell milk tea is really his true love. Yet, he is a bit frustrated since his homemade milk tea tastes different from the one bought at milk tea shop. And one big difference is he doesn’t have his favorite pearl. Seen his not-so-happy face, I decide to try make pearl for him.

Ingredients

Tapioca flour 100g

Water 65g

Brown sugar 45g

1. Pour water in sauce pan. Add brown sugar in it. Sugar in darker color will be better. I just happen to have not enough brown sugar, so I used some raw sugar instead. Color of pearl is very light.

2. Bring water to boil and make sure all the sugar dissolves.

3. Pour water into tapioca flour. Mix by chopsticks since it is very hot. Use hand when the flour cools down a little bit.

4. Make all ingredients into a dough. Roll the dough into a long strip. Divide it into small round pearls.

5. Boil a pot of water. Add pearls in. Wait till pearls float up. Cover with the lid. Turn to low heat and simmer for around 5 mins or till pearls are completely cooked.

6. Soak cooked pearls in cold water. Drain and add into milk tea.

Homemade Sweet Plum Drink

There is an idiom about plum in Chinese:

望梅止渴: Quenching Thirst by Watching Plums

Chinese

有一年夏天,曹操率领部队去讨伐张绣,天气热得出奇,骄阳似火,天上一丝云彩也没有,部队在弯弯曲曲的山道上行走,两边密密的树木和被阳光晒得滚烫的山石,让人透不过气来。到了中午时分,士兵的衣服都湿透了,行军的速度也慢下来,有几个体弱的士兵竟晕倒在路边。

曹操看行军的速度越来越慢,担心贻误战机,心里很是着急。可是,眼下几万人马连水都喝不上,又怎么能加快速度呢?他立刻叫来向导,悄悄问他:“这附近可有水源?”向导摇摇头说:“泉水在山谷的那一边,要绕道过去还有很远的路程。”曹操想了一下说,“不行,时间来不及。”他看了看前边的树林,沉思了一会儿,对向导说:“你什么也别说,我来想办法。”他知道此刻即使下命令要求部队加快速度也无济于事。脑筋一转,办法来了,他一夹马肚子,快速赶到队伍前面,用马鞭指着前方说:“士兵们,我知道前面有一大片梅林,那里的梅子又大又好吃,我们快点赶路,绕过这个山丘就到梅林了!”士兵们一听,仿佛已经吃到嘴里,精神大振,步伐不由得加快了许多。

故事出自《世说新语·假谲》。成语“望梅止渴”,比喻用空想安慰自己或他人。

English

Cao Cao of the Three Kingdoms period (220-265) was not only a capable politician in managing state affairs, but also a strategist good at leading troops in going to war.

One summer, Cao Cao was leading his troops in a punitive expedition against Zhang Xiu. It was extraordinarily hot. The burning sun was like a fire, and the sky was cloudless. The soldiers were walking on the winding mountain paths. The dense forest and the hot rocks exposed to the sun on both sides of the paths made the soldiers feel suffocated. By noontime the soldiers’ clothes were wet through with sweat, and the marching speed slowed down. Some solders of weak physique even fainted on the roadside.

Seeing that the marching speed was slower and slower, Cao Cao was very worried because he feared that he might bungle the chance of winning the battle. But how could they quicken their speed? Cao Cao at once callde the guide and asked him on the quiet whether there was a source of water nearby. The guide shook his head, saying that the spring water was on the other side of the mountain, which was very far to have to make a detour to reach. Cao Cao realized that time didn’t permit them to make such a detour. After thinking for a moment, he said to the guide, “Keep quiet. I’ll find a way out.” He knew that it would be to no avail to order his troops to quicken the steps. He had a brain wave and found a good solution. He spurred his horse and came to the head of the column. Pointing his horsewhip to the front, Cao Cao said, “Soldiers, I know there is a big forest of plums ahead. The plums there are both big and delicious. let’s hurry along, and we will reach the forest of plums after bypassing this hill.” When the solders heard this, they immediately slobbered. Picturing in their minds the sweet and sour flavour of the plums, the soldiers felt as if they were actually eating the plums, the soldiers felt as if they were actually eating the plums themselves. The morale greatly boosted, the soldiers quickened their steps a great deal automatically.

This story comes from “The Fake Tangery” in Anecdotes of This World by Liu Yiqing of the Southern Dynasties period (420-589). From this story, people have derived the set phrase “quenching thirst by watching plums” to refer to trying to comfort oneself of others by idle dreams.

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Plum drink is very popular in China, especially in hot summer. The dried plum I used were bought in store. And the salesgirl there recommend this type. But I forgot the name. 🙂

Dried plum 35g

Dried Oranger peel 5g

Rock sugar cubes 130g (you can reduce the sugar if you want it to be less sweet)

Put dried plum and orange peel in a big bowl. Rinse them under water. Then pour the dirty water out. Put them in another clean bowl. Add in 1 L cold water and soak for 30 mins.

Pour plum, orange peel and water into a pot. Also add in another 1L water. Turn to high heat. Bring boil. Then turn to low heat. And simmer for 40mins – 1 hr.

Turn off the heat. Add in sugar. Stir till all sugar dissolved.

Discard all the plum and orange peels, just leave the water.

You can drink while it’s hot. But if you let it cool down and put into refrigerator. You will find it more delicious. My husband is a big fan.

Perfect for hot and dry summer.

Homemade Milo Dinosaur

Milo is a very popular drink in Singapore. My husband also likes it very much.

My version is super easy and less sweet.

1. Add 35g Milo powder in glass.

2. Pour in 200ml hot water. Stir with a spoon to dissolve Milo powder.

3. Prepare ice cubes. I crush them a bit so that they won’t be too big. Drop ice cubes in the glass.

4. Top with another tablespoon of milo powder.

My husband loves it.

Butterfly Pea Flower Drink

Last time, when my husband and I were in Bangkok, we tried butterfly pea tea there. We knew the tea from a Japanese animation show – Detective Conan. And my husband has been curious about it since then. Butterfly pea tea we tried in Bangkok was really nice. And my husband wanted to make it at home. Then he ordered dried butterfly pea flower from online shops.

This Tea’s original color is blue. If you add in some lemon juice, it will become purple. This special property makes it a good ingredient in colorful drinks.

1. In a sauce pan, pour in 11/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar. Bring boil and stir to let sugar dissolve.

2. Add in 1/4 cup dried butterfly pea flowers. Bring to boil. Then turn off the heat. Let it steep for 10 mins. Discard the flower. And cool down.

3. Mix 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice with 1 cup water in another container.

4. Crush the ice cubes a bit.

5. Fill glass with ice. Pour in butterfly pea tea till half full. Then gently pour in lemon juice mixture.

You will see the beautiful double layer drink.

Serve with a straw.

Top part is lemon juice, so it will be very sour. If you don’t have a straw, you’d better stir it before drinking.

Mango Sago

My husband has been asking me to make mango sago for him. Today, we just bought some fresh and sweet mangoes. So I decided to make it today.

1. Boil some water in a deep pot. Then put sago in water. Heat with high heat for around 6-7 mins till sago becomes completely transparent.

2. Soak sago in cold water, which will make them more elastic and taste better. Then drain them.

3. Cut mango into small chunks. Place them in a bowl.

4. Place sago over mango.

5. Add in 2 tsp honey. And pour in enough milk or coconut milk.

Ready to serve.


My husband loves it.